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Clogged airbrush cup
Posted by Mustang8376 on Monday, June 7, 2021 3:35 PM

So this is a totally boneheaded mvoe on my part.  While using a tooth pick to help clear out the small tube of my airbrush cup, it broke will inside.  Any thoughts on how to clear the piece of toothpick out?  

I will now sit in the corner to contemplate my total boneheaded move becuase as always, right before it broke, Iw as just wondering I maybe shouldn't do this. Embarrassed

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, June 7, 2021 4:16 PM

Can you post a pic of the affected area?  We might be able to come up with some ideas once we see what you're dealing with.

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, June 7, 2021 6:55 PM

Can you remove the cup?  If so you might be able to get it with tweezers.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:14 AM

Remove needle & put away safe.

Remove front cap assy (1-4 in diagram below).

IF you have an old needle, reverse it, & carefully work it Blunt end first, from the rear, then from the front, to see if it can dislodge.

Soaking it will cause the wood to expand & may be harder to remove.

If you don't have a spare needle, as above, but even more carefully!

 

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Posted by Mustang8376 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:45 AM

I will bring in the cup tomorrow to take a picture.  The Paasche H doesn't have the intergrated cup on top.  It's a single action that attaches to the bottom for either a bottle or the cup attachment.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:01 AM

I'm assuming you stuck the toothpick into the tube on the outside of the cup because it would be really difficult to get it into the end of the tube on the inside, at the bottom.  If there is any of the toothpick sticking out the end, tweezers might work, but gently grabbing it with your sprue cutters would work even better.  Just apply enough pressure for the blades of the cutters to just barely bite into the wood and slowly pull it out.  You could even try kind of a prying action, pivoting the sprue cutter blade against the end of the cup tube.  If all else fails, the law of diminishing returns comes into play, and sometimes its just going to be better to start over with a new cup.

https://www.paascheairbrush.com/H-1-4-OZ

I have had my Paasche H for more than 35 years and have made a lot of mistakes with its care, so it was nice to find out that the parts are easy to get and relatively inexpensive.  In lieu of mechanical cleaning, what I do now is to drop the cup, air cap, and needle into a relish jar that I have filled about 2/3 full with MEK.  Then I close the jar and put that in my ultrasonic cleaner with some water in the cleaner tub to help transmit the sound waves to the jar.  Turn that on for 30 minutes, use latex gloves to grab the parts out of the jar (use latex, not vinyl...MEK will melt the vinyl), rinse them all under hot water, let them air dry, and you'll have nice, clean airbrush parts with nothing lodged in them.  Cool

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:20 AM

Depending on how far down the offending toothpick bit is, gentle application of a woodscrew of a diameter just less than the tube might let you grab the wood bit and 'turn' (or screw) it back. Failing that, a twist-tie wire inserted from the other end might be able to 'woodgie' it out (to use the highly-technical engineering term).

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Posted by Mustang8376 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:20 AM

Figured as such, already ordered a new cup.  If nothing else, I now have a story in which I can be embarassed about.  Since I was trying to clean out paint from the tube that a dental pick could not clear, I might have to take your method and get an ultrasonic cleaner.  Thank you for the suggestion in that regard. 

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Posted by Don Wheeler on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:41 PM

You might be able to blow it out.  Stick your air compressor hose in the cup and pack wet paper towel around it.  Hold it in place and turn on the compressor.  It couldn't hurt.

Don

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